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Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
it allows our country to go over the fiscal cliff and really hurts almost every american family in our country, in our economy, as a whole. this shouldn't be a surprise to us. it's not as if, if i could use the metaphor, that congress was going along in a bus and -- on a ride through the country and suddenly came to the end of the road and there was a cliff. this shouldn't be a surprise to us. we -- we -- we created this cliff ourselves a year and a half ago when we adopted the budget control act. and we created it for a very good reason: because we knew that we had proven ourselves incapable of making the compromises that were necessary to achieve the long-term bipartisan debt-reduction program that america desperately needs. we're over $16.4 trillion in debt. i'm in my last days as a u.s. senator. if you'd told me when i started that we'd be $16 trillion in debt, i wouldn't have believed it. frankly, if you told me just a dozen years ago at the end of the clinton administration when we were in surplus that we could possibly be $16 trillion in de debt, i would have thought -- well, i
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. that is the nature of a compromise. i hope that one isn't included but it may be. we have to do things important for this economy and one of the most important is to make sure we extend unemployment benefits for long term unemployed. if we don't act quickly two million americans will lose their unemployment benefits tomorrow. these people are literally struggling to get by and keep their families together while they look for a job. we should make sure this stimulus, the money for unemployed families continues so that while they're trying to find a job or going through new education and training, they have a helping hand. that's who we are as americans, and we ought to include it in any package that avoids this fiscal cliff. beyond that, there's much work that needs to be done beyond the fiscal cliff. this negotiation does not really go deeply into deficit reduction, and i think we need to. i was a member of the simpson-bowles commission. i salute my colleague, kent conrad of north dakota who is retiring in a few days for his amazing leadership in bri
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
what the fiscal cliff is. you have to understand that the president is telling you that it's a cliff and it's bad and everybody on television thinks, it's terrible to go over the cliff. what is the cloy in taxes going up b you if it's bad for taxes to go up for a bunch of people, why is it good for taxes to go up only on a smarl portion of people? you said, with they're rich, they can afford it. here's the problem. the rich pay most of the taxes in our country. the tap 2% pay half of the taxes so what you're saying is, they're rich and they can absorb it. but that's half of the nation's income will have increased taxes. you will take money from the productive sector, which is the private sector, and you will put it into the nonproductive sector, which is washington. so if you want ditching to dug and then to be filled up again, send more money to washington. but if you want jobs to be created, if you want the economy to thrive, you should want to leave that money in your community. it shouldn't matter to you whose money it is or who has it. you want that money, in my case we want tha
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